Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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February 21, 2024

THE BOOK OF IRWIN GOULD (IDG)

By Irwin Gould
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Irwin Gould’s THE BOOK OF IRWIN GOULD is a short and inspiring memoir that shows the author is more than ready for whatever life throws...

February 14, 2024

GRAVEL SOLDIERS

By Terry Iwanski
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Terry Iwanski’s GRAVEL SOLDIERS is a compelling account of a biker's adventurous lifestyle during the late-twentieth century and his strained relationship with his father.

February 7, 2024

SEX, TRUCKS, AND ROCK ‘N ROLL

By Ben Mason
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Though a little scattershot at times, Ben Mason's SEX, TRUCKS, AND ROCK ‘N ROLL offers much to divert the casual reader.

IR Approved
February 5, 2024

SHADES OF INFLUENCE

By Paul Cade
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Paul Cade's memoir SHADES OF INFLUENCE has warmth, wit, and a message aspiring artists need to hear: Never give up.

IR Approved
January 15, 2024

STILL MOVING

By Skyeris
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A poetic memoir, STILL MOVING documents Skyeris's struggles with Long Covid, tackling the difficult subjects of disability, ideation, and depression with sensitivity and grace. It...

Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

Veronica Caven Aldous’s AUSTRALIAN WOMEN CAN WALK is an unevenly edited but engaging account of the author’s gap year in the late 1970s.

IR Approved
January 5, 2024

THE LUPUS DIARIES My Life With Chronic Illness

By Lillian Smith
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Part memoir, part self-help, Lillian Smith’s extraordinary book THE LUPUS DIARIES: My Life With Chronic Illness is full of poignant moments and helpful advice.

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Great in short spurts, Jack Hawn's INSOMNIA: Two Wives, Childhood Memories and Crazy Dreams is an entertaining, if uneven, memoir.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A provocative, thoughtful exploration of a man's spiritual experiences, Vincent Leuzy's THE ETHEREAL JOURNEY TO NOTHINGNESS: Peeking Into The Beyond offers hope, solace, and peace...

IR Approved
December 11, 2023

NO CRYING IN THE OPERATING ROOM

By Cecily Wang MD
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Dr. Cecily Wang’s NO CRYING IN THE OPERATING ROOM is a compelling, heart-rending memoir that will captivate readers with its honesty and gut-wrenching detail.

IR Approved
December 6, 2023

NUNS WITH SHOTGUNS

By P.H. Mountain
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

P.H. Mountain was a lovable scumbag in his early years, and NUNS WITH SHOTGUNS is a hilarious romp that follows this immature young man as...

IR Approved
December 6, 2023

MY TIME WITH YOU HAS BEEN SHORT BUT VERY FUNNY

By Robert McBryde
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Radio listeners in Quebec are already familiar with the wit and wisdom of Robert McBryde. The non-fiction collection, MY TIME WITH YOU HAS BEEN SHORT...

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